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Will the Japanese market Yamaha T-S501 AM/FM work in the U.S.

Discussion in 'Tuners' started by bergun, Oct 10, 2018 at 5:58 AM.

  1. bergun

    bergun Active Member

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    I have a Yamaha A-S801 Amplifier in silver and looking to add a matching Yamaha T-S501 AM/FM Tuner in silver, but that model is for the Japanese market only.

    With that said, will a Japanese market AM/FM tuner work in the United States? If not, now difficult would it be to have it modified by a professional to work in the United States?

    Thanks for looking!!
     

     

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  2. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Super Member

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    Will work fine you will likely need a transformer to run at 100V, that is it.

    Unless the tuner has accommodation for different incoming voltages.
     
  3. amptramp

    amptramp Active Member

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    The Japanese FM band is different from the North American FM band. It was 76 - 90 MHz and is now 76 - 95 MHz. It is not the 88 - 108 MHz that we use.
     
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  4. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Super Member

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    Well then you're fine then as long as you don't listen above 95!
     
  5. vwestlife

    vwestlife Well-Known Member

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    In addition to the difference in frequency range, the FM de-emphasis in Japan is 50 µS, versus the 75 µS used in North America, so it will sound too bright.

    And also the AM channel spacing is 9 kHz, versus the 10 kHz spacing used in North America, so only some of the AM channels will line up.
     
  6. bergun

    bergun Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies... I guess it's basically a lost cause if I go this route since it appears to that this isn't something a professional audio equipment center could/can modify to work properly in the U.S.

    ...Still don't understand why Yamaha doesn't sell their silver faced, "mid-line" AM/FM Tuners and CD Players in the U.S./Canadian markets.
     

     

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  7. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    Yamaha does not. So, compromise must be made, or go vintage Yamaha from the Silver era.
     
  8. bergun

    bergun Active Member

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    Kind of be staying away from used/vintage audio equipment these days... Have a garage full of working and dead units that I've bought over the last 20+ years.

    Plus, I don't have the skills to properly work/fix my own gear... I guess that if I could find somebody to also refinish several metal faceplates in a durable semi-gloss silver finish AND redo most, if not all of the original silk screened factroy markings, that would push me back into the used/vintage market... But, that's not going to happen in my life time.

    I went with a new Yamaha A-S801 since it should be the last amplifier I should need... I also like having the main units to be from the same maker and if possible, the same series... For the most part.
     

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